EP Shows its Pride

Catalyzed by the Pulse shooting during Pride Month in 2016 , the need and purpose for an intentional LGBTQ+ space internally for EP staff became clear. The important work of our EP Pride affinity group* started within two weeks with EP staff member Dan Rosenstein leading the charge to ensure those who identify as LGBTQ+ have a supportive community in the workplace. EP Pride’s impact and offerings continue to ramp up in scope and depth since it began two years ago. Today, nearly 25 percent of EP staff participate regularly in EP Pride meetings and activities. Staff have access to a regularly...

Celebrating the Trailblazing Spirit of EP Alumni for Women’s History Month

At Education Pioneers we invest in leaders because they embody our organization’s founding belief that talented leaders and managers can scale successful solutions for the education sector to impact millions of children nationwide. For Women’s History Month, we celebrate EP Alumni who are trailblazers in education – with a focus on Alumni who are entrepreneurs and/or pioneers. These are only a few of the inspirational women who have been a part of our program. Check out more of our EP Alums on our Meet Our Pioneers page. Brenda Darden Wilkerson (2015) CEO and President, AnitaB.org From...

Five Strategies for Advancing Racial Equity in Public Education

Guest blogging today is Sam O’Bryant , an EP Alum who currently serves as the Senior Director for Equity & Partnerships at SchoolSeed Foundation in Memphis. Sam is a graduate of Alcorn State University and an advocate of historically Black colleges and universities. Sam is a husband, a dad, and a graduate student. When I began working in Memphis in 2012 at Memphis City Schools Foundation, I arrived during the halfway point of a major investment in teacher effectiveness. The work was worthy and victories were won, and the long-term focus was on making teachers the absolute best they could...
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In Celebration of Black History Month

At Education Pioneers, we aim to embody the spirit of our core values, one of which is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion . It is important that we honor and continue to celebrate the contributions and commitments of diverse individuals in our world who are doing extraordinary work, inspiring new generations of leaders, and dedicating their lives to creating equitable educational opportunities for all. So, in celebration of Black History Month, we are spotlighting several EP staff who self-identify as black with a few Q&A’s: If you could connect with a Black History trailblazer who would it...

A Q & A with EP Alum Bakari Ukuu: Why Kansas City is Full of Opportunity for Passionate People Willing to Roll Up Their Sleeves

Bakari Ukuu moved to Kansas City as a Teach For America corps member in 2012. He is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma (and is very excited to hear EP is expanding there in 2018 ), but found his place in Kansas City and decided to put down roots. While an instructional coach, Ukuu joined Education Pioneers and worked in the Kansas City Public Schools in the Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development department where he helped embed social justice standards and develop culturally-responsive curriculum, while also delivering districtwide professional development. We talked to Bakari, now...
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Resources to Find Out What's Happening in the Education Sector

Last week I shared some national education resources but what if you’re excited about opportunities in a specific locations and want to start your local homework now? Here are some local Education Pioneers directors’ takes on their favorite and most informative educational news sources that help them stay on top of trends and discussions within their communities.
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Looking to Build a Strong Foundation of Education Knowledge?

You’re inspired, you’re passionate, you’ve just received your invitation for an in-depth interview and you’re ready to sell your experience about why you’re going to make an exceptional Fellow, but… BUT you’re not really sure why Betsy DeVos was a controversial choice for Secretary of Education, the argument between charter school vs traditional public school vs school vouchers alludes you, and you once thought Common Core was a pilates ab workout.

Book Challenge: Five Must Reads for Fall

Working in education, especially for an organization whose mission is to help black and brown, low-income students, it’s key to educate myself on the systems that perpetuate our students’ circumstances. This is where books on these specific topics can be used as professional and personal development. From systemic issues in education to social justice to white privilege -- these topics affect the U.S. education system and the students we serve. To understand them and how we can dismantle them is the first step to change. As a young professional, books like Ta Nehisi Coates’ Between the World...

Accelerator Cities: Four Places to Support Equity and Boost Your Career Like Nowhere Else

If you want to create equity and effect meaningful change in public education, take civil rights leader Bryan Stevenson’s advice : Get proximate . Get close to people and communities – and stay close. There are four particularly important and unique cities to get proximate and make your mark: New Orleans , Memphis , Kansas City , and Tulsa . At EP, we call them “accelerator cities.” NEW ORLEANS MEMPHIS KANSAS CITY TULSA Accelerator cities are high priority sites that have a particularly high demand for talented leaders. Th ey hold unique opportunities to impact education and advance your...

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